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Conrad Black Nears End of Jail Term - Wall Street JournalOTTAWA—One-time media mogul Conrad Black is set to leave a Florida jail as early as Saturday, triggering a wave of speculation over whether he'll be allowed back into Canada after famously renouncing his citizenship.
Lord Black was convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice in the U.S. in 2007, and is due to finish off his 42-month sentence in days. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons indicated Black's "actual or projected" release from a Miami penitentiary was May 5.
An attorney for Lord Black declined to comment.
Lord Black was born in Canada but renounced his citizenship in 2001, after he was offered a life peerage in Britain's House of Lords. Then-Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien said Canada had the right to block him from accepting the post while he held a Canadian passport.
With his impending release, questions have swirled over whether he'd be let back into Canada considering the revoked citizenship and his felony conviction. On Tuesday, Canada's government seemed to suggest he could come back.
Canada's Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, told reporters the government generally approves over 10,000 temporary permits a year for foreign nationals to enter Canada, with a "large number of those" granted to people with criminal records. In those cases, immigration officials have determined that the crimes were nonviolent offenses, "and the individual has a low risk to reoffend and (doesn't) pose a risk to Canadian society," he said.
He declined to comment specifically on Lord Black, citing privacy issues.
Fanning speculation, the Globe and Mail newspaper in Toronto reported Tuesday that the Canadian government had granted Black a one-year temporary resident permit. Government officials declined to comment.
Lord Black, who presided over a media empire that at one time included London's Daily Telegraph and the Chicago Sun-Times, initially served more than two years of his jail term. He was then freed on bail in July 2010 after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the reach of a federal law that gave prosecutors the authority to bring cases against executives who deprive companies of their "honest services." The justices then ordered the lower courts to take another look at Lord Black's conviction.
A U.S. District Court judge in Chicago ordered Black in June 2011 to return to prison for about a year on top of the 29 months he had already served.
Lord Black has one compelling reason to get back to Canada later this month. His book, "A Matter of Principle," is a finalist for Canada's National Business Book Award. In the book, he maintains his innocence and recounts his fight in the U.S. justice system. The award will be announced later this month in Toronto.